Taunting the Dead (DS Allie Shenton, #1)

Taunting the Dead (DS Allie Shenton, #1) Nine Out Of Ten Murders Are Committed By Someone The Victim Knows So When Steph Ryder Has Her Head Bashed In Within Earshot Of Her Family And Friends, DS Allie Shenton Begins Her Investigation Close To HomeSoon The Lies, Backtracking, And Secrets Multiply As Each Of The Suspects Tries To Cover Up Their Actions On That Fateful Night Before Long, Allie Homes In On Steph S Ambitious And Powerful Husband, Terry Convinced He S Hiding Something, She Interviews Him Again And Again Only To Find That She Is Falling, Despite Herself, For His Smooth CharmsAs The Trail Grows Hotter, Along With Allie S Feelings, The Web Of Deceit Pulls Tighter And Bodies Begin To Pile Up Allie Must Race Against Time To Uncover The Shocking Truth Before She Becomes The Killer S Next Victim

I write police procedurals, psychological suspense and women s fiction with a punch or grit lit, as I call it I live in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, with my husband and terrier, Dexter named after the TV serial killer and makes liberal use of my hometown as a backdrop for some of my books You can find out at my website

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  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Taunting the Dead (DS Allie Shenton, #1)
  • Mel Sherratt
  • English
  • 10 October 2019
  • 9781477817575

10 thoughts on “Taunting the Dead (DS Allie Shenton, #1)

  1. says:

    Oh what a tangled web we weave Everyone in this story is hiding something and telling lies, even DS Allie Shenton, who appears to be falling under the spell of the dead woman s husband, a real ladies man.Steph Ryder was not a nice woman and got even nastier when she was drinking, which was often So, there are lots folks who could have wanted her dead In a unique twist, most of this mystery is told from the perspective of her friends and family and their interactions before and after her death DS Shenton is of a supporting character than a main one here This story starts off slow I was listening to the audio version and it took me awhile to get into the story But as it progressed, I was very glad for long car rides The narrator does a very good job differentiating the voices I have already read the second book in the series, so am looking forward to reading the third one.

  2. says:

    TAUNTING THE DEAD DS Allie Shenton, 1 by Mel Sherratt is part police procedural and part psychological thriller The author has since written book two in the series called FOLLOW THE LEADER , to be published February 10, 2015 followed by ONLY THE BRAVE on May 26th, 2015 I plan to read FOLLOW THYE LEADER next Detective Sergeant Allie Shenton is the main character in the series I have to admit that I found the beginning of this novel, Slow, with aggravating characters, none of which I liked, but after 25% into the book, the novel sped up, and the murder mystery police procedural took over, and had me racing to the end to find out the identity of the killer Don t give up, as this book really takes off, and is extremely satisfying The novel begins with the murder of Steph Ryder, an alcoholic, a real bitch, who had it all, money and a good life, but really screwed up her life She was a snob, and married to Terry, a property developer, a charmer, a crook who likes to play games And to top it all off they had a daughter, Kirstie, a spoiled brat of a teenager that hated her mother One big Happy family The author then takes us back a week before the killing, when Steph was unaware that people close to her wanted her dead We get to meet a lot of characters, who all had reasons for disposing of her Her husband Terry just tolerated her, and her lover Phil wanted .Once Detective Sergeant Allie Shenton is assigned to investigate the case, the story really takes off, with purpose and direction The clues were all there, she just had to put them all together But everyone was hiding somethingand covering up for someoneand for Who Lies and deceit are everywhere.I found this novel to be a very good start to a series, with strong characters I am now looking forward to reading Book two, Follow the Leader , and feel confident that it will not disappoint me Definitely check out this talented writer You won t be disappointed.P.S This is the second time I wrote a review for this novel, as the site went down when I submitted my original review.

  3. says:

    After a slow start, I ended up really liking Taunting the Dead The book is divided into 2 parts, the first part making up the first third of the novel The first section introduced a large number of characters I was using the Search button a lot to keep everyone straight The main character in this section was Steph Ryder, and there was very little to like about her In fact, there wasn t much to like about any of the featured characters in the first third of the story I also found a problem with having to reread sections to determine whom pronouns were referring to This really interrupted the flow for me Unlikeable characters and slow flow almost did me in.Fortunately, the second two thirds of the book was much better The protagonist, Detective Sergeant Allie Shenton, finally took center stage I found Allie to be highly likeable, though still a bit green as a policewoman not a criticism The pronoun problem amazingly seemed to disappear, and the flow of the story was highly satisfactory The pace quickened considerably as things started to happen in rapid succession It got to the point where it was really hard to put the book down The reader gets a good idea of what went down with several murders, but was not privy to everything that happened Though we knew than Allie, it was still very suspenseful following her efforts to bring down the baddies There was also that little detail of Allie fighting like mad not to succumb to the charms of Terry Ryder, a most powerful player and murder suspect I felt like screaming into the book for her to get a grip I thought Ms Sherratt did a great job in developing Allie s character I enjoyed her interactions with her husband Mark and her disabled sister Karen, though I wish there had been development of Allie s relationships with her work colleagues Again, all the goings on in the last 67% of the book were highly entertaining and accompanied by a great deal of suspense I will definitely be reading the 2nd Allie Stenton book within the next month or so, and will likely try Ms Sherratt s other novels as well I recommend Taunting the Dead for all fans of thrillers, mystery, and suspense I think Mel Sherratt is an author to be watched.4 stars

  4. says:

    This is the third book I have read of Ms Sherratt s so I m now quite familiar with her style of writing, her grit lit The book is a tale of a bored housewife, Steph, who is a married to a gangster husband, Terry, with movie idol looks and a reputation to suit Add a brash 17 year old daughter to the mix and we have a family that wouldn t be out of place on reality or soap opera tv The book is split into two parts Part one largely consists of Steph and her story, the kind of woman she is and where she sits amongst the quite large cast of characters Here the book centres around the last week of Steph s life and who may be plotting to see her sad demise.Part two is then made up of trying to solve Steph s murder and that s pretty much the premise of the book There s a fairly large cast of characters including protagonist DS Allie Shenton who along with her team have been investigating into the affairs of Terry and his dodgy dealings It s an interesting place to be where virtually every character is so unlikeable, and boy are they, especially the fragrant Steph who is an alcoholic nightmare I m being generous Hardly surprising that many wanted to bump her off I can t say that I took to Allie s character either, I found her a bit weak in places with her constantly blushing every time she was in Terry s presence Not an unlikeable character, well not as much as the rest, flawed in parts with questionable decision making that left me shaking my head There are plenty of twists and turns to keep readers hooked and Ms Sherratt keeps us dangling right to the very end My favourite part of the whole book, however, was Allie s back story and her relationship with her sister, I found that touching and revealing And at the very end of the book in the epilogue there s a tantalising nugget of their story continuing Now, THAT S the story I want to read and hope Ms Sherratt follows up on that with her next offering in the DS Allie Shenton series, Follow The Leader.Not a bad book by any means but not quite up to the mark of Watching Over You which is why I m giving this one 3.5 stars.

  5. says:

    Well Mel Sherratt, am I happy to have find you, been recommended by my friends, and reading reviews.Two after reading my first book my your good self, I am happy you are doing a Q A for my group A Good Thriller on the 24th February Thanks.How far would you go to protect the ones you love And how much further would you go to betray them Nine out of ten murders are committed by someone the victim knows So when our victim has her head bashed in within earshot of her family and friends, DS Allie Shenton begins her investigation close to home.Soon the lies, backtracking, and secrets multiply as each of the suspects tries to cover up their actions on that fateful night Before long, Allie homes in on Steph s ambitious and powerful husband, Terry Convinced he s hiding something, she interviews him again and again only to find that she is falling, despite herself, for his smooth charms.As the trail grows hotter, along with Allie s feelings, the web of deceit pulls tighter and bodies begin to pile up Allie must race against time to uncover the shocking truth before she becomes the killer s next victim.The first book in the DS Allie Shenton series, Taunting the Dead is a dark, gritty, sexually charged thriller that will leave you gasping for breath.This book is filled with strong characters, believable personalities, great twists and turns, action packed, with so much plot that you do not know where the story is going but just cannot stop reading to know I highly recommend this author and this highly charged rollercoaster of a book

  6. says:

    This was a good crime thriller Realistic characters Kept my interest throughout, and worked well as an audiobook.I borrowed this through Kindle Unlimited.

  7. says:

    I love Mel Sherratt s style of writing Plus she is a Brit like me We meet Steph, she is married to a gangster He is good looking, and he knows it They have a 17 year old daughter who seems grown up before her time Brash and uncouth to boot.Steph is murdered, but who done it We see many things unfolding as Mel Sherratt writes the last movements that Steph undertakes before she is murdered You think you might suss it, well, I didn t I thought I had at one stage, but I was wrong I remember reading somewhere that the murder victim is usually killed by someone they know So keeping that in mind I tried to be an Investigator along the way I don t think I made a good one, because I went off the beaten track.The author had me screaming in frustration at times, but I just wanted to be right There are lots in here that have things to hide It got uncovered though bit by bit.Thoroughly enjoyable whodunnit mystery with other things thrown in.

  8. says:

    I have read so many good things about Taunting the Dead that I was excited to finally dig in Unfortunately, I do not share the enthusiasm that many have shared for Ms Sherratt s virgin grit lit novel In Part 1, we are introduced to Steph Ryder, the alcoholic wife of a well to do businessman who thinks that she is the center of the universe Her husband Terry is known for his shady dealings, but he is a smooth operator, and the police have never been able to pin anything on him Their seventeen year old daughter Kirstie is rude, spoiled, and like her parents, thoroughly unlikeable We also meet Phil Kennedy, Steph s lover, who also happens to work for Terry, and his son Lee, who is dating the Ryders daughter against their wishes Other major players are friends Shaun and Carole, who likewise figure in the whole sordid mess.On the good guys side, there is Detective Sergeant Allie Shenton, whose back story tragically explains why she got into law enforcement Her older sister was brutally raped, beaten, and left for dead The assailant was never caught, and her sister lives in a convalescent home, unable to speak or care for herself Part 1 goes on and on and on describing Steph s drinking, her affair with Phil, and her self absorbed behavior Allie has encounters with Terry while she investigates another murder, and even though she is aware of his reputation and the ongoing attempts by police to find evidence connecting him to his crimes, she nonetheless finds herself charmed by him, much to the resentment of her husband Mark While this sets up the murder and gives the reader a number of possible suspects, it is, in my opinion, tedious and much too lengthy Not only are there too many characters, no one is the least bit pleasant, and it takes far too much time to set up the actual killing We know that Steph is going to be killed Someone DO IT already Part 2 moves along at a tolerable rate as, finally, Steph is murdered, and Allie and her partner, Sam, begin their investigation This puts Allie in frequent contact with Terry Ryder, and this is also where I have problems with believability The supposed attraction that Allie feels toward Terry just didn t work for me She s flustered and blushing every time he even looks at her Yes, he is known to be very charming, sexy, and all of that, but I didn t feel that that worked very well Come on, Allie, the guy is CREEPY And she knows it Why are we told she s acting like a schoolgirl around him Terry is, in reality, a thug He is also a womanizer who seduces, but truly disrespects, uses, and abuses women Is he also a killer Something else that I wasn t buying was the sexual relationship between Terry and another woman who gives Allie a few bits of information that she needs to help break the case I won t spoil it by naming her she just isn t the type of woman Terry would go for, so for me, that also didn t fit The last few chapters moved rapidly, and I do have to say that even though the way thing wrapped up was a bit of a surprise, I was satisfied with the ending In Taunting the Dead, Mel Sherratt has written a promising lead character in DS Allie Shenton In the end, she manages to be professional, getting control over her emotions to wrap up the case I have mixed feelings about her husband, who is both supportive and possessive, wanting to be there for her, especially as she continues to cope emotionally with her sister s situation but jealous of the time and energy she spends on her job The mystery of who attacked her sister is intriguing, and one that I hope to read.3 of 5 stars

  9. says:

    Steph Ryder is murdered We get to know her as a shallow, vain wife of a shady businessman She is Stoke s answer to Sue Ellen Ewing, with a fondness for booze The book follows the events leading up to her death, and the criminal investigation Detective Sargeant Allie becomes caught up in the case, as well as developing an attachment to the prime suspect.I wanted to like this But for me, there were too many voices drowning out each other I became very impatient for Steph to be killed It took 1 3 of the way into the book for that to even happen It felt like there was too much of her and nothing really to empathise with Steph was so unlikeable that it was hardly a surprise that someone wanted to bump her off Allie was the most interesting and has potential, as a character I think the book lacked something for me and the writing style didn t suit my taste.

  10. says:

    3.5 stars

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